XM Radio Coverage in Alaska

Discussion in 'Alaska' started by Hawkdryvr, Jun 4, 2009.

  1. Hawkdryvr

    Hawkdryvr Adventurer

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    Can anyone tell me if XM Radio works in Alaska? I read in some old posts that XM had quite a few problems but Sirrius worked pretty good. Since those posts, the two companies have merged. A group of 9 of us are getting off the Alaska Ferry in Skagway on June 12th, heading for Fairbanks, Denali, and then back to Washington over a 2+ week period. A few tunes might augment the great experience we're all expecting. Thanks for your help.
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  2. friar mike

    friar mike IronButtGruver

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    Sorry don't know I have never needed anything to augment my rides.:norton just deep in thought as I go.:eek1 and its kind-da scary in there sometimes:lol3
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  3. kodiakfrank

    kodiakfrank Gloria's Cheerleader

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    I found that a stationary antenna will work for the house but an antenna on a vehicle will lose signal most of the time. We are roughly at Latitude 57.79.

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  4. kodiakfrank

    kodiakfrank Gloria's Cheerleader

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  5. friar mike

    friar mike IronButtGruver

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  6. kodiakfrank

    kodiakfrank Gloria's Cheerleader

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  7. vegasphotog

    vegasphotog Las Vegas Cheechako

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    I had a customer who bought sat radio for his moose camp.....very spotty coverage......so, like Frank said, assume 70% of your riding it will not work. I would recommend just loading up your IPOD.
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  8. Jomama

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    x2, I have XM at work with my antenna out above my 2nd floor south facing window and it works, but I tried to get a signal at home at approx ground level and nothing.

    I've read that some people got Sirius signals in cars around Anchorage, but still had drops.
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  9. AKtracks

    AKtracks Kilted Fükengrüver

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    North of the Alaska Range (so pretty much everything except Anchorage and the Kenai Peninsula) sat radio is highly unreliable with anything smaller than a 1 meter dish. If music is a must, a portable player is your best option.
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  10. Hawkdryvr

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    Thanks everyone. Doesn't sound like XM will be a good choice.
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  11. Brad Felmey

    Brad Felmey Long timer

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    I went up through BC to Dawson's Creek, and then Alcan/ToW to Fairbanks, then Prudhoe.

    Around Williams Lake BC I lost solid XM, and only rarely had any signal as far as Whitehorse. After that I had nothing whatsoever.
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  12. TRACTOR RIDER

    TRACTOR RIDER No Rules Gruver

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    I like an MP3 player. That way I cann't hear the cursing in my HELMET.
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    TR:huh
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  13. jjewell

    jjewell Been here awhile

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    Reception in Skagway is sketchy but once you're over the pass you should be fine the rest of the way.
    Enjoy the ride!
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  14. Solito24

    Solito24 Forward is str8 ahead

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    I have XM radio thru my Garmin 376, I was in Alaska june '07 and the service was spotty at best. no signal at all when I went up to Prudhoe!
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  15. Juvat

    Juvat Been here awhile

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    XM/Sirius sats sit on an equatorial'ish orbit. The farther you get from the equator, the longer the signal has to travel. Throw in mountains and other factors and your line of site becomes really congested. I would kill for SAT radio in Alaska, but thanks to the motion of the ocean and the angle of the dangle; it's probably not going to happen.
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  16. jfman

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    Is it any better in 2014?
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  17. AKTroy

    AKTroy BE AWARE OF TRAINS

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    Negative. Just more nonworking units! :norton
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  18. jfman

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    Weird because my cousn who has worked in Saluit QC (way high), told me that it worked for him flwlessly.
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  19. NTTF

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    We got new trucks with 1 year free satellite radio back in 2012. They worked if you weren't behind buildings. This was on elmendorf flight line. Not sure what company it was.
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  20. AKtracks

    AKtracks Kilted Fükengrüver

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    It's not just a mater of Northern latitude (which much of Alaska is still further North than Saluit), but that Alaska is so far West of the geo-elliptical and geo-stationary orbits of the XM satellites that cover N. America.

    Here's a image of their coverage map.

    [​IMG]

    They've been working with the Regulatory Commision of AK for approval to locate terrestrial repeaters since 2004-5 I believe...the way the gov't up here works, they should be about half way through the process at this point. :lol3
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